Bishop Lamor Whitehead was arrested for fraud and extortion after an investigation revealed he had been using his position of power to take advantage of people. As the leader of a large church, Whitehead had access to a lot of people and their money, which he used to fund his lavish lifestyle. He is accused of bilking hundreds of thousands of dollars from his parishioners through bogus investment schemes and other schemes. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison.
Bishop Lamor Whitehead was arrested for fraud and extortion and he could face 20 years after conviction
Lamor Whitehead, a Brooklyn pastor who was robbed during a church service months ago has been charged with fraud, extortion, and false statements to federal authorities.
Federal prosecutors in Manhattan filed that Mr. Whitehead uses deceptive promises of financial gain to extort money from victims and then kept the money to himself.
Bishop Whitehead denies these charges, and his attorney, Dawn Florio, indicated they would be resisted.
Federal prosecutors stated that Whitehead, a “prosperity gospel” preacher who drives a Rolls-Royce and wears expensive jewelry was charged with two charges of wire fraud, one count of extortion, and one count of making false representations.
Federal prosecutors claim Whitehead defrauded one of his parishioners out of $90,000 of her retirement after promises of buying her a house he spent it on luxury items.
In another plan, Whitehead demanded $5,000 from a businessman and asked him for a loan of $500,000, offering to “get favorable measures by the New York City administration” in exchange for a stake in high real estate deals.
Bishop Lamor Whitehead was arrested
After his arrest, US Attorney Damian Williams issued a statement saying, “His campaign of fraud and deceit ends today.”
He was to spend up to 30 years in Jail, but he was released for good conduct.
In 2021, Whitehead ran for candidacy as a Brooklyn borough president. He is also facing several lawsuits. A former member of his campaign team has claimed that he conned him out of $56,000.
The campaign worker’s suit was described as “frivolous” by Whitehead. Dawn Florio, his attorney, said that her client was exonerated of all federal accusations.
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